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Africa Investment Forum 2019 - Promises made, promises kept: Champions share why investments benefit women

We are looking at the value chain of businesses and asking how do we support women across the value chain…from the factory floor all the way to the boardroom? - Tokunboh Ishmael

60% of Mara phones’ 400-450 employees are women: This is why our quality is better than anyone else’s – Ashsish Thakkar; We are looking at the value chain of businesses and asking how do we support women across the value chain…from the factory floor all the way to the boardroom?…

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Africa Investment Forum 2019: Masai Ujiri urges African leaders to invest in sports, commissions two new “players”

We need to invest in sports; African talent is like gold and diamonds – Masai Ujiri

Masai Ujiri, President of the Toronto Raptors, made his second appearance at the Africa Investment Forum, renewing his call for African governments to invest in sports. Ujiri, the only President of National Basketball Association (NBA) of African origin in franchise history, has worked hard over the past year to scout…

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2019 Africa Investment Forum Kicks Off Delivering on the Promise to Redefine and Unpack the Continent’s Investment Opportunities

The 2019 Africa Investment Forum opened on Monday living up to its promise to move from commitment to action

$500 million equity closed for the Africa Infrastructure Investment Fund to speed up investments in agriculture; Financial close for the Africa Guarantee Fund $175 Equity transaction to support Small and Medium Size Enterprises, and $350 million for South Africa’s beef agro-processing project. The 2019 Africa Investment Forum opened on Monday…

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African Development Bank climate change initiative: Top experts form the Adaptation Benefits Mechanism board

The Bank established the interim executive board of the Adaptation Benefits Mechanism (ABM) on 4 October 2019

The African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) has appointed a group of renowned experts to the board of a continental initiative to mobilize financing for resilience to the negative impacts of climate change. The Bank established the interim executive board of the Adaptation Benefits Mechanism (ABM) (https://bit.ly/2NezjGi) on 4 October 2019. The…

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First WATT Renewables winners of Renewable Energy Forum 2019 co-organized by the African Development Bank

The company, based in Canada, is a private sector clean-energy technology producer and supplier of sustainable energy solutions

First WATT Renewables were winners of the 4th West African Forum for Climate and Clean Energy Financing (WAFCCEF) contest, held on Thursday 26 September in Abidjan and co-organized by the African Development Bank (https://www.AfDB.org). The company, based in Canada, is a private sector clean-energy technology producer and supplier of sustainable…

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United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) 2019: Hands off our girls! African first ladies take campaign against rape, early child marriage, to UN General Assembly

The High-Level meeting follows a First Ladies Meeting on Combatting Child Marriage and Promoting Education of Girls in West Africa

Africa’s first ladies, led by Sierra Leone Fatima Maada Bio brought their campaign to ban early child marriage and sexual violence against women and girls before a global stage in a passionate appeal for the world to support their “Hands Off Our Girls! Campaign. In a no-holds barred conversation organized…

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United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) 2019: Young Africans will “produce the magic” says AU chief as the UN sounds warning on Sustainable Development Goals

The Bank has invested more than $150 million in building technology hubs in Rwanda, Senegal and Cabo Verde

Leaders should devise an “incentive structure” to promote a startup culture among young Africans. “I think they will produce the magic,” Albert Muchanga, the African Union’s Commissioner for Trade and Industry, told a gathering on infrastructure at the United Nations on Wednesday. Muchanga said colleagues were working to “harmonise our…

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UN General Assembly: strong plea to boost food security through South-South cooperation

The African Development Bank has launched the Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) to help take technologies to scale for millions of farmers across Africa

Leaders gathering for the United Nations General Assembly from 17-30 September 2019 in New York have made a strong plea for enhanced South-South cooperation to strengthen food security during a session co-hosted by the African Development Bank (https://AfDB.org/en). Speaking as part of this session on the role of South-South cooperation…

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Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD 7): Japan, South Africa and the African Development Bank unveil priorities to accelerate Africa’s technology transformation journey

“Let’s be visionary. Let’s be bold. Let’s support concrete initiatives to boost science, technology, and innovation in Africa,”- Akinwumi Adesina

Science, technology and innovation as well as human resource development are critical in Africa, a continent, which has the biggest potential on earth, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said at the Science and Technology in Society (STS) forum held in Yokohama, on Wednesday, as part of TICAD 7. The Science and…

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Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7): Digital Agriculture next frontier for economic development in Africa

“There’s risk, yes, but there are juicy returns, now is the time for all of us to run in that direction.” - Jennifer Blanke

Prioritizing the digital space will help shift the development focus for Africa’s agribusiness sector and overcome its many hurdles, participants at an official side event, organized Wednesday during the 7th Tokyo International Conference, heard. The seminar headlined “The Digital Africa 2020 and Japanese investment Panel: Creating markets to digitize Africa,…